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Should I listen to HV? Long post!

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Wilf83 Mon 24-Nov-14 19:34:12

My dd is ebf but at 7 weeks I gave her formula & she was fine but I gave it to her at 10 weeks & she vomited it all up an hour later until it was just bile & was very sleepy & pale afterwards.

HV has put this down to milk protein intolerance. I had to cut down on the milk products I have as dd used to get really windy & unsettled afterwards.

So HV said not to give dd any dairy products until she is 10 months old. She is currently 8 months old & eating a huge range of fruit & veg etc. Ive also started to have more milk products myself & dd seems fine after bf.

Would it be wrong of me to try dd on a tiny bit of dairy now or should I wait till 10 months? Think I'm a little impatient as I feel that she is missing out on loads of yummy food. Did HV just pick '10 months' at random or is there a reason to wait till then?

Sorry for the ramble! Just wanted to cover as much background as possible.

jwpetal Tue 25-Nov-14 17:42:10

10 months does appear to be a bit random. However, I think it is worth checking in with the HV or GP to discuss before introducing milk products.

If you are still breastfeeding this is giving some good support to your little ones digestive system and is a good sign that you can have dairy in your diet. My son had a allergy to the milk protein and my breastmilk never caused a problem, but once I introduced dairy products we had a problem. Don't worry about the food your little one might be missing. Instead focus on all the variety of foods you can introduce that can give the vitamins/minerals that she gets. My son's first year was much healthier than all the other children around.

Wilf83 Tue 25-Nov-14 20:09:46

Thanks for responding. Think I'll wait till 10 months & then speak to HV about how exactly to introduce them. Thanks again

bakingtins Tue 25-Nov-14 20:20:45

I think 10m is a random figure. My son was dairy and soya protein intolerant and outgrew it at 2.5yrs. I could have dairy (i.e. he tolerated it via breastmilk) from 18m. If you are weaning dairy free you ought to be seeing a dietician to ensure LO is not deficient in calcium etc - this becomes more of an issue as they get older and breastfeed less/eat more, but as waiting lists can be long I'd ask now. There is a hierarchy for how allergenic milk products are - least being processed milk product in a cooked form e.g. skim milk powder in a biscuit, moving on to hard cheese, yoghurt, whole milk. You start with really tiny amounts and if there is no reaction after a few days increase the amount and then move up the allergenicity scale. If you see a reaction you stop and try again in a couple of months. IIRC I was told by our consultant to do a trial at a year old and repeat every couple of months until successful, but I think equally "a year old" is plucked out of the air. The other thing I've heard is they should have 6 full months of dairy free before trialling dairy again.

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